Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

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Panic can be absolutely terrifying, especially when it comes out of nowhere. The sudden surge of panic is frightening and you feel like you can't get control of it. I've worked with folks who suffered from panic so severely they couldn't even go to the grocery store on their own. I've taught them the skills necessary to move forward from panic and to start living life again, panic-free. I can help you too.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, TX
 

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA
 

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have been treating Anxiety, OCD and related disorders for more than 14 years. In addition to working in my private practice I work in the UCLA OCD intensive treatment program for adults and have trained in the UCLA Anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders clinic. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders using exposure and response prevention therapy.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

All of us have fear, whether it be emotionally-based or fear survival instinct that has become overwhelming, flooding our body with anxiety & panic attacks. Many of us have in many ways told ourselves a story that we should not be or feel a certain way, which causes conflict and stress in the body & mind. Together, we work with mindfulness techniques and body-centered practices to regulate fear & anxiety as well as recognizing the thoughts that fuel your fears.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Panic attacks are a frequently discussed but often misunderstood experience. Sometimes, we feel like we're having a heart attack, or can't breathe, and it's actually our brain jumping into a fight-or-flight response. I can support you in learning how to manage and understand where these attacks come from and how to move forward with your life.

— Sarah Heacock, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Sunnyvale, CA

I have treated many clients who struggle with panic attacks. I have experience utilizing somatic experiencing, mindfulness, breath-work, and DBT when treating panic attacks. I focus on calming the Sympathetic Nervous System.

— Ali Mills, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I am an active member of the ADAA, Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in boulder, CO
 

Is it a heart attack? Am I dying? I feel so much pressure on my chest and feel like I'm about to pass out. These symptoms of panic are not to be taken lightly. They are terrible and often others don't understand how you are feeling and might think you are overreacting. Minimizing the risk of future panic attacks and knowing how to act during a panic attack is important and I will show you the skills to help get you on the right path.

— Tarah Holcomb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Leedey, OK